Friday April 30th Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City — pre-game 6:30, first pitch 7:10
AM-1300 KGLO — University of Iowa football spring practice broadcast — 10:00 AM
AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City — pre-game 12:30, first pitch 1:10
AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City — Inside Twins 12:00, pre-game 12:30, first pitch 1:10
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have selected Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft. They moved down nine spots with a familiar draft-night trade to stockpile more picks. Darrisaw is a late-blooming, athletic blocker at 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds. He was a second team All-American in 2020 who can fill a significant need at left tackle after Riley Reiff was released. The Vikings had the No. 14 spot on the board, which would have been their highest in six years. They sent it to the New York Jets with one of their four choices in the fourth round.
IOWA CITY (AP) — Ladell Betts says the Iowa football program is the same as he remembers it 20 years ago when he was wrapping up his college career. Betts is the Hawkeyes’ new running backs coach. He says he hasn’t had any difficulty learning the offense because most of the plays are the same. Betts is the program’s No. 2 career rusher and he went on to play nine seasons in the NFL. Betts, who is Black, said he followed last summer’s reports about racial tension inside the program and wouldn’t have taken the job if he didn’t believe in Kirk Ferentz’s leadership.
AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says the focus this spring has been less about scheme and more about getting back to basics. The Cyclones have an experienced team returning from a 9-3 squad that won the Fiesta Bowl and could be ranked in the top five heading into next season.
Campbell says individual improvement is the best way to advance as a team in spring.
Campbell says even with a lot of veterans there are plenty of areas to improve.
Campbell held a press conference on Thursday to wrap up the spring season for the Cyclones.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio scored 26 points and rookie Anthony Edwards added 25 as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Golden State Warriors 126-114. Edwards’ big fourth quarter helped spark the win for Minnesota, which extended its season-long winning streak to four games. The Timberwolves rookie scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth. Stephen Curry overcame early shooting struggles to finish with a game-high 37 points for Golden State. Andrew Wiggins added 27 points against his former team in his first game in Minnesota since he was traded by the Timberwolves last season.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored his second goal of the game at 3:43 of overtime and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Sammy Blais, Tyler Bozak and Marco Scandella also scored for St. Louis. Ville Husso made 26 saves as the Blues won their fourth straight and seventh in the last 10. St. Louis moved five points ahead of Arizona for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division. Joel Eriksson Ek, Kevin Fiala, Victor Rask and Kirill Kaprizov scored for the Wild.
MASON CITY — NIACC sophomore Thea Lunning earned first-team all-NJCAA Region XI honors for her performance at last weekend’s regional meet.
Lunning, who prepped at Mason City, placed fourth at the regional meet at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny with an 87-82 – 169.
Lunning’s 36-hole total of 169 is the fourth best 2-day total at the regional tournament in the Chris Frenz era, which began in 2007. The 82 Lunning shot on Sunday is tied for the sixth best individual round at regionals in the Frenz era.
Iowa Western’s Luisa Gibson was named the 2021 women’s golfer of the year.
Iowa Western’s Derrick Thompson was named the 2021 coach of the year as he led the Reivers to their 11th straight regional title.
— high school soccer Thursday
Mason City girls 10, Webster City 0
Mason City boys 4, Humboldt 3